Kemins Dag is a recurring event organized by Swedish industry organization, IKEM, the Swedish National Committee of Chemistry, The National Resource Center for Chemistry Teachers and The Swedish Chemical Society. The purpose of Kemins Dag is to demonstrate for the younger generation the many possibilities of chemistry and that chemistry and plastics can contribute to a sustainable society.
To participate in Kemins Dag, teachers from middle schools as well as high schools can order a free material kit from IKEM. The theme and the experiment changes each year, and this year’s theme is the Periodic Table as the UN have made 2019 the international year of the Periodic Table. This year, the entire world celebrates the 150 year anniversary of when Russian chemist, Dmitrij Mendelejev, started the development of the Periodic Table.
During Kemins Dag students will be shown a teacher-led demonstration of how different metal salts have different flame colors. When Swedish chemists in he 18th and 19th century studied minerals and discovered elements one of the methods used was analyzing flame colors. The demonstration of flame colors constitutes the experiments historical perspective.
To get a future and innovative perspective on the experiment, the students will be introduced to CAPA 6500; a thermoplastic that melts at 60 degrees Celsius. The low melting point makes it possible for the students to mold the plastic with their hands.
Kemins Dag is highly treasured by teachers, and the material kit, which contains materials provided by IKEM’s members, “sells” out fast! This year Brenntag Nordic has contributed with sodium chloride and calcium chloride. We wish all students and teachers good luck with the experiment.